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Details emerge on Thika Road assassination of garbage man

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By Judith Gicobi

As he waited along Thika Road for his truck to be packed with trash, a garbage truck driver was shot and executed in cold blood on Thursday night.

When the event occurred at around 10 p.m., the driver, who was identified by his coworkers as just Maina, was operating a truck that the Kenya National Highway Authority had hired to pick up rubbish on Thika Highway.

According to police and witnesses, an assailant who was carrying an AK47 weapon shot the victim at least six times.

When a salon car drew up behind Maina’s truck, he had already driven the truck up to the Utalii Tunnel and parked it there while waiting for the litter to be filled.

One shooter allegedly hopped out, walked up to where the driver was, and shot him six times before running back to the vehicle and driving away, according to witnesses who survived the incident.

The attack did not harm the other six men who were loading the garbage.

Six expended cartridges were retrieved from the area by a police team that arrived on the scene.Police also questioned the other witnesses, who had picked up trash from the city center and moving in the direction of Kasarani.

According to the witnesses, the takeout vehicle had been following the truck since the city center. James Mugera, the head of the Nairobi police, said they have not yet determined what motivated the assault.

The body was taken to the mortuary, according to the police, and it appears the group intended to kill the victim. Detectives are looking into the situation.

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